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National Center for Forensic Science Newsletter

December 2015

In this issue:

  • Growth in 2015
  • Course Registration Now Open
  • Outreach: STEM Day at UCF
  • Congratulations Graduate!
  • Post-Doctoral Associate Profile
This has been an exciting year at the National Center for Forensic Science!  In addition to our new faculty member, Dr. Baudelet, we welcomed two post-doctoral associates, Dr. Maric and Dr. Dennis.  We currently have fifteen graduate students and six undergraduate students in our department.  We are proud to have this dedicated group of scientists and look forward to continued growth in 2016.

Fire Debris Analysis courses in 2016

February 1 - 28: Basic Fire Debris Analysis
March 14 - May 1: Advanced Fire Debris Analysis

Please visit our website for full course descriptions and prerequisites.  Advanced Fire Debris Analysis students must be practicing in the field of fire debris analysis as there is a practical exam.  To begin the registration process, please select a course below. 
Basic Fire Debris Analysis
Advanced Fire Debris Analysis

Note: you will need to create an account with UCF Continuing Education as part of the registration process.  If you need assistance contact us at

STEM Day, fall 2015

NCFS presented "Crime Scene to Courtroom: an interactive learning experience" to middle school and high school students as part of UCF's fall STEM Day.  This free event introduces tomorrow's innovators to a range of STEM fields through exhibits and demonstrations by UCF faculty and students. 
We are pleased to recognize our Fall 2015 forensic science masters graduate,
Jessica Kindell, MS.

Thesis: "The Quantitative Assessment of the effects of Microbial Degradation of a Simple Hydrocarbon Mixture"
Profile: Dana-Marie Dennis, PhD

Dr. Dennis is a Postdoctoral Associate with the National Center for Forensic Science. Dr. Dennis was instrumental in the development of the Smokeless Powders Database, hosted at and maintained by NCFS. She completed her PhD at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and her work focused on statistical analysis of smokeless powders for forensic application. Her main research interest involves developing and expanding statistically based methodologies for the interpretation of forensic smokeless powder evidence.
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